Olympia, WA -- In the month of April, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mitigation Division is going on the road throughout the Puget Sound area with an earthquake preparedness and mitigation presentation. The 2-hour show, titled "This Strong House: The Nuts and Bolts of Strengthening," will feature earthquake repair and retrofit examples, including a cut-away model house, a chimney model and a cabinet model. FEMA will explain how to structurally and non-structurally retrofit a home. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.
The mitigation tour will debut at Bremerton's Olympic College Engineering Rotunda, 1600 Chester Ave. in Bremerton on Friday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions about chimney damage, retrofitting a house and other mitigating tips on how to protect your home before the next earthquake.
"We've discovered that every dollar spent on mitigation saves at least two dollars in repair costs following a disaster," said FEMA's Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer for Mitigation Carl Cook. Mitigation is defined as any action taken to permanently eliminate or sharply reduce the long-term vulnerability to human life and property from hazards.